At 99, “Mr. Smooth” wows crowd at the Dakota

He’s still got it at 99. Local jazz luminary Irv Williams, known as “Mr. Smooth,” played his saxophone for a large crowd at the Dakota Club in Minneapolis on Aug. 21. Throughout his nine-decade career, Irv has played at the Dakota countless times – but this was a party in honor of his 99th birthday,…

Irv Williams: 99-year-old jazz legend – and Minnesota treasure

Irv Williams remembers a woman knocking on the door of his apartment at Episcopal Homes in St. Paul as he played his saxophone several years ago. “That was beautiful!” the woman said. “What did you play?” “I was warming up,” Irv replied. He laughs as he recalls the woman’s next question. “She said, ‘Can you…